Superman Returns

My “Superman Returns” fansite

Is Superman a savior?


John C Dvorak, known cranky geek, asks whether Superman has become a “Christ allegory”?  In other words, has Superman become a modern day version of a long line of saviors who have rescued us when humanity has reached those low points in our history.  According to CNN:

Now, for many Christian moviegoers comes another gospel.

As the hype machine shifts into high gear for the upcoming release of “Superman Returns,” some are reading deeply into the film whose hero returns from a deathlike absence to play savior to the world.

“It is so on the nose that anyone who has not caught on that Superman is a Christ figure, you think, ‘Who else could it be referring to?’ ” said Steve Skelton, who wrote a book examining parallels between Superman and Christ.

As one of society’s most enduring pop-culture icons, Superman has often been observed as more than just a man in tights.

I think this is a good question.  We may be tempted to think of Superman as yet another comic book hero but we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that, in the past, humans have given archetypes human form and have even worshipped those personifications of our archetypes as gods among us.  This may be the 21st century but Superman represents some of our greatest qualities.  He is a symbol of what we can become and I believe he and other superheroes like Batman, Spiderman and even the X-Men have become our equivalent of the demigods of the ancients.

Technorati Tags: , , , ,


June 16, 2006 - Posted by | General


  1. I just saw Superman Returns and noticed efforts to make Superman like Christ were more evident than past superman movies, especially the repetition of “The father in the son and the son in the father” theme. Thank you for this blog I think I will read Steve Skelton’s book. The most powerful scene in the movie, to me, was when Superman flies up with Louis and helps her experience his aural omnicience of the suffering of the world and in so doing points out that if the world doesn’t need a savior, like she wrote in her pullitzer prize winning piece, then why are they crying out for one all over the globe. Wow.

    Comment by Ellen Picciano | July 31, 2006 | Reply

  2. In response to Superman being godlike or the “Savior” I believe people need to find the good in themselves and not rely on a superficial-comical character such as the “Man of Steel” Although, I take great pride in standing behind the legend, people now today are looking for a excuse to analyze the greater things that some of us care greatly about, meaning—Truth, Justice & “The American Way”!!!

    Yours truly,
    Clark K.

    Comment by Mark Oldenkamp | November 22, 2006 | Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: